February 05, 2015

Why some privacy advocates are skeptical about Obama's new NSA guidelines

By Ben FitzGerald

The Obama administration announced Tuesday new rules for how federal intelligence agencies collect and store US and foreign surveillance data.

These latest changes come a little over a year after the president promised to reform theNational Security Agency’s controversial surveillance regime. The NSA’s tactics received widespread criticism after Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the secretive agency to mainstream media in 2013. Now, the Obama administration is taking steps to increase transparency and protect privacy. But critics say the changes are still not enough.

Ben FitzGerald, senior fellow and director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for New American Security, says that the Obama administration’s modest reforms are likely to be effective, even if they leave the president and the country vulnerable to criticism.

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  • Ben FitzGerald

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Ben FitzGerald was a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. In this capacity, Mr. FitzGerald led CNAS efforts to explore...